Schuneman Symposium To Look At Media’s Impact on Social Movements

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Schedule of Wednesday events:

Reflecting on Pictures: A Conversation with Paul Fusco and Will Hopkins – 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Believing is Seeing: How News Images Changes Politics – Clarence Page – 2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Seeing is Sharing: Breaking News via New Media – Laura Flanders – 3:45 – 5 p.m.

From the Other Side of the Lens – Rev. Jesse Jackson – 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.


The fourth annual Schuneman Symposium will bring together industry professionals to discuss social movements and how media plays a role in these events.

This year’s symposium “Impact: words and pictures that matter” will take place on April 10 and 11 at Ohio University’s Baker University Center and is sponsored by The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and alumni R. Smith Schuneman and Patricia W. Schuneman.

“We want to look at how news coverage has shaped important social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, Arab Spring and the Occupy movement,” according to Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, host of the event.

Ohio University alumni Paul Fusco (BFA ’57) and Clarence Page (BSJ ’69) along with Will Hopkins, Laura Flanders and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., will speak during sessions, which are free and open to the public.

Stewart believes this is a unique opportunity for symposium attendees.

“First of all, the speakers we have are highly accomplished and inspiring in the their own right,” said Stewart. “Bringing them all together under this umbrella topic will provide a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the interplay between media and the subject matter they cover — in this case, major social movements.”

“When George Korn (Jackson adviser and OU faculty) suggested the possibility of Rev. Jackson coming to speak, we realized we had a unique opportunity to look not just at media performance, but also hear from a major figure who was the subject of much news coverage while participating in an historical movement,” according to Stewart.

Fusco’s photography has documented many important events since he graduated from Ohio University and joined Look magazine in the late 1950s. Photos he took of people who lined the railroad tracks to pay their last respects to Robert Kennedy were featured in an HBO documentary, “One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey.” The film will be shown Tuesday, April 10 at 3:10 in the Baker Center Theater, followed by comments from Fusco. 

The Wednesday, April 11 program will begin with a 9:30 a.m. presentation in the Baker Center Theater of the photographic work of Fusco, “Reflecting on Pictures: A Conversation,” with comments by Fusco as well as symposium benefactor Smith Schuneman and long-time magazine designer and Fusco associate, Will Hopkins. 

Page, long-time columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of “Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity,” will speak at 2:15 p.m. on the impact news photographs have on politics.

gritTV’s Flanders will speak at 3:45 p.m. about the impact social media has had on movements like Occupy and how it can shape coverage by mainstream media. Flanders has written several books, including the recent release “At the Tea Party” and the New York Times bestseller “Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species.” Page and Flanders will speak in the Baker Center Theater.

Jackson, founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, will round out the day beginning at 5:15 p.m. speaking about his experiences being a part of the news media’s focus during the civil rights movement.

A public reception will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 in Baker Center Ballroom.

The day’s events will be streamed live on woub.org.

A complete schedule for the Schuneman Symposium is available online.